Vancouver Giant fans (left to right) Adrienne Schneider, 7, Jakob Schneider, 10, Brayden Schulten, 10, and Carter Bradley, 10, at Teddy Bear Toss night. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Vancouver Giant fans (left to right) Adrienne Schneider, 7, Jakob Schneider, 10, Brayden Schulten, 10, and Carter Bradley, 10, at Teddy Bear Toss night. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Six straight for streaking Giants

Vancouver blanks Cougars on Teddy Bear Toss night at Langley Events Centre

On a day when the first goal was the most important, it turns out it was the only one the Vancouver Giants needed.

Bowen Byram’s power-play goal at 11:31 of the third period not only triggered a barrage of stuffed animals, but it also turned out to be the game-winner as the Giants won a sixth consecutive game.

The Giants blanked the visiting Prince George Cougars 2-0 on Sunday at the Langley Events Centre, improving to 18-13-2-2. Vancouver — which has also won eight of their last nine games — heads into the week-long holiday break just three points back of both the Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals, who share the lead in the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division with 43 points apiece.

Vancouver was playing its third game in as many days having beat the Royals 3-1 on Friday at the LEC and then winning the rematch 6-2 the next night in Victoria.

For the first 51 minutes of Sunday’s game, neither team could find the back of the net.

But with Cole Moberg in the penalty box, Byram’s point shot beat Prince George’s Tavin Grant as the LEC — with its largest crowd of the season at 4,088 — erupted in excitement on Teddy Bear Toss night.

The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

“It was exciting, a full building tonight so it was pretty cool just to feel the energy in here,” Byram said.

Byram returned to the line-up this weekend after missing the previous six with injury.

And the smooth-skating defenceman had multiple chances to open the scoring, including one second-period rush where he cut to the net, but put the puck wide after deking the goaltender.

Byram finished with four shots on goal.

“I don’t know if I felt one coming, I didn’t really feel my best but I definitely had some good chances and in the end, I got a lucky bounce there,” he said. “I think it hit the goalie and went in.”

Matt Barberis and Ty Ronning drew the assists on the goal with Ronning icing the game with an empty-net goal with 60 seconds to play.

Giants head coach Jason McKee said fatigue was obvious for both teams, who were each playing their third game in less than 72 hours.

“It was one of those ones that wasn’t picture perfect but they found a way to win,” he said.

McKee didn’t feel his team was pressing, trying to get the Teddy Bear Toss goal, but he did notice a change in his team’s play once they took the lead.

“I wouldn’t say it was a sense of relief but we just started playing our game in the last eight minutes there,” he said.

That included killing off a Prince George power play 24 seconds after they took the lead. It was one of four power play opportunities the Giants killed.

David Tendeck made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season. Both have come in the last four games as he improved his goals against average to 2.90 and his save percentage to .913. His save percentage is sixth in the entire WHL.

“The game is just slowing down for me and the boys are making it really easy on me too,” Tendeck said.

“Seeing the puck well and the team is doing a good job of clearing the screens and giving me easy shots.”

The game was a physical contest with a fight in the first minute and in the final two minutes. There was also a second period scrap as well as multiple misconducts in the second period.

“It was probably one of the top three most physical games of the year and our guys stood up together. That’s a good sign, it shows they care about one another and are moving with a pack mentality and that’s what we need to win hockey games,” McKee said.

The team is now off for the next eight days, returning to practice on Dec. 26 and getting back in game action on Dec. 27 when they host the Everett Silvertips at the LEC.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Vancouver GiantsWHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Ty Ronning makes a basket for a fan to throw their stuffed animal during Teddy Bear Toss. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Ty Ronning makes a basket for a fan to throw their stuffed animal during Teddy Bear Toss. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Vancouver Giants’ James Malm (left) and Jared Dmytriw. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Vancouver Giants’ James Malm (left) and Jared Dmytriw. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Bowen Byram discusses his goal on Teddy Bear Toss night. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Bowen Byram discusses his goal on Teddy Bear Toss night. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Six straight for streaking Giants

Just Posted

Music therapist Felicia Wall in the music room at Phoenix Society in Surrey. (submitted photo)
Eclectic album showcases songs recorded by Surrey residents in recovery

Project at Phoenix Society took about six months to complete, with help of music therapist

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
‘Canada’s oldest senior’ receives COVID-19 vaccine at Surrey care home

JaHyung Lee, 110, is a resident at Amenida Seniors Community

A Transit Police officer and another driver were injured on Nov. 4 in a traffic crash while the officer was responding to another officers call for help catching a man who escaped custody. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Police watchdog investigating Surrey crash that injured transit cop, another driver

Crash happened 11 p.m. Nov. 4, at 128th Street and 93rd Avenue in Cedar Hills

Surrey RCMP is looking for witnesses and video after a fatal crash in Newton on Christmas Day 2020. Police say the driver left the scene before officers arrived at the 6700-block of King George Boulevard. (Photo: Curtis Kreklau)
Surrey RCMP seeking witnesses, video of fatal Christmas Day crash

Woman was killed in the 6700-block of King George Boulevard

Surrey Lacrosse Association president Sean Reid (left) and wife Angie (right) with their kids Leland, Cameron, Evan and Taya. (submitted photo)
Surrey Rebels open registration with plans for ‘skills and drills’ season of box lacrosse

Last spring, the timing of the pandemic hit the game particularly hard

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government announces creation of B.C.’s first anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Black Press media file
Port McNeill driver tells police he thought the pandemic meant no breathalyzers

Suspect facing criminal charges after breathalyzer readings in excess of 3.5 times the legal limit

Forestry companies in B.C. agree to abide by the cedar protocols based on traditional laws of the First Nation members of the Nanwakolas Council. (Photo courtesy, Nanwakolas Council)
Landmark deal sees B.C. forest firms treat big cedars like a First Nation would

Western Forest Products, Interfor among companies to adapt declaration drafted by Nanwakolas Council

The Fraser Valley Regional Library board of directors recently finalized its budget. (Black Press Media files)
Fraser Valley Regional Library budget not enough to keep up with booming population

Almost $5 million of books, DVDs, and ebooks to be purchased in 2021

A northern resident killer whale shows injuries sustained by a collision with a vessel in B.C. waters. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Coast Guard ramps up protections for B.C. whales

First-ever Marine Mammal Desk will enhance cetacean reporting and enforcement

Most Read